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Old 11-04-2008, 10:22 PM   #1
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a tiny matte looking swirl just formed on the top of my beer in secondary overnight. I'm pretty positive that it's an infection although it's very tiny just yet. It doesn't appear to be anything from the hop bag. It looks like something might be trying to grow. It's in a glass carboy so I can't bottle it from the bottom. Help, guys. Help me help me : )

I could take a picture to post if you want, although there's condensation on the top of the carboy that might be a big prohibitive. It's been in secondary since the 29th I believe so I'm fine with bottling it now.

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Old 11-04-2008, 10:23 PM   #2
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Chill. Probably not an infection- pics would help, though.
relax, don't worry, and have a home brew (or any beer if this is your first batch!)
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:03 PM   #3
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I too doubt its an infection. Let it ride.
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:05 PM   #4
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I had what I thought was an infection too a few months ago. What I did: used my shop vac, turned it on and cupped my hand that was holding the racking tube to the end of the vac hose. As I did this, I just dipped the racking tube into glass carboy and sucked up all the slimy crud that was floating on top. Sucked it up like when you were a kid and you dripped spit onto your little brother, then at the last second you sucked it back. It was kinda like that...BUT...DONT FORGET TO CLEAN OUT YOUR SHOP VAC...Dont ask me how I know, but it will stink to holy hell in less than a week.

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Old 11-04-2008, 11:18 PM   #5
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It has little squigglies that make it look like bacteria. I think the abv between 6-7% (my OG reading was inaccurate because my wort wasn't stirred) and this happened 14 days from the beginning. I was kind of a freak about washing stuff with antibacterial soap. Even my hands. Boiled the entire airlock every time I messed with it at all.

Anyway, I took a video. It was impossible to take a photo because a still shot of this just looks like a lot of reflections and stuff.

How do you embed a movie in this forum? http://www.youtube.com/v/oE3szoD5W54

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Old 11-04-2008, 11:52 PM   #6
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It's hard to tell for sure, but my hunch is that you're just fine. RDWHAHB

 
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:00 AM   #7
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I just can't imagine what on earth it could be? It appeared overnight. I would be oh-so-sad if it were an infection.

 
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:07 AM   #8
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Looks like you spit into your carboy. I bet its nothing to worry about.
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:20 PM   #9
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It doubled overnight

 
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:21 PM   #10
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